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China’s MEP announces mandatory recycling intentions

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 23:29
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) says its program to bring increased recycling activity to 46 cities in China is advancing, and tied the programs into a stated intention of reducing the nation’s dependence on imported scrap materials.

In a news release issued Jan. 2, 2018, the MEP referred to a program it says was announced in March 2018 requiring 46 cities to carry out “mandatory garbage sorting by the end of 2020.” Under the plan, all public institutions and companies are required to separate hazardous waste, kitchen waste and recyclable materials, according to the MEP.

By the end of November 2017, 12 cities had adopted laws and regulations on garbage sorting, while 24 had introduced work programs related to the issue, according to Wang Menghui, China’s minister of housing and urban-rural development.

In the same news release, the MEP says it also has “tightened control on imported solid waste, often referred to as ‘foreign garbage.” The agency refers to its July 2017 plan for banning imports “of 24 types of solid waste, including plastic waste, unsorted paper waste, crude textile waste and vanadium slag waste by the end of 2017.”

Adds the MEP, in a seeming endorsement of protectionist trade policies, “Importing garbage that can be replaced by domestic resources will be phased out by the end of 2019. The types and amount of garbage imports will be cut down steadily.”

The MEP news release refers to Guo Jing, chief of the International Department at MEP, as saying that imported scrap materials “played a part in making up for a domestic shortage of resources in the past, but as the economy and society have developed, the drawbacks of this practice have emerged, including environmental pollution and health threats.” States Guo, “Foreign garbage has been widely denounced.”

The MEP’s release also indicates that, “Despite the strict control, some companies still take risks to make profits by importing foreign garbage illegally,” and comments that several Chinese government agencies “have acted together to strengthen regulation and crack down on illicit garbage imports.”

From February to December 2017, agencies in China filed 298 criminal cases against “garbage smuggling,” investigated and verified 866,800 tons of materials involved, and detained 421 suspects, says the MEP.

While disdaining “foreign garbage,” in the same news release the MEP points to a program in Beijing's Tongzhou district involving more than 2,500 restaurants whose food scraps are being collected and consolidated.

By the end of October 2017, more than 4 million households in Shanghai had registered to get reward credits “if they throw away garbage in line with recycling requirements,” adds the MEP.

The MEP news release quotes Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, as saying, “Improving the city's ability in harm-free waste disposal and recycling is even more important than building a couple more skyscrapers. We should speed up the construction of terminal garbage disposal facilities.”

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Handful of import licenses reportedly issued in South China

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 20:27
A scrap metals processor with operations in Guangdong Province in South China has told Recycling Today that a first batch of scrap materials import licenses and quota amounts for 2018 have been issued, with only around 40 issued so far in South China for all materials.

According to the recycler, some of the nation’s largest paper mill companies, such as Nine Dragons Paper, have received licenses to import recovered fiber.

The processor also indicated that Hong Kong-based Chiho Environmental Group (CEG, formerly Chiho-Tiande) has received a 2018 scrap materials import license and quota amount, which was confirmed to Recycling Today on Tuesday, Jan. 2, by a CEG corporate officer.

Previous announcements from China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) have indicated that the trade in scrap motors has been targeted for restrictions. However, while the recycler says CEG and one other company have been granted permission to import motors in 2018, few if any import licenses have yet been issued to processors of wire and cable scrap.

The same processor also reports that no import licenses in this first batch were issued to any companies in the Nanhai district near Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. In the 1990s and well into the next decade, Nanhai was a hub for the recycling of motors, mixed shredded metals, wire and cable and other forms of copper-bearing scrap. Its importance as a processing hub has faded as more material has been steered into government-sponsored resource parks in outlying towns designed to host scrap processing operations.

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Copper thieves receive fatal jolt

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:56
The bodies of two men who were electrocuted during what fire department officials say was an attempt at stealing copper wiring were discovered in late December at a Detroit electrical power substation.

According to an online article by the Detroit News, Detroit Public Lighting Department workers, responding to a reported power outage on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, discovered two badly charred bodies at a substation on the city’s northeast side.

The “charred bodies” were found “fused together” according to a Detroit TV station’s report. Fire department officials have theorized that in an attempt to steal copper wiring, one of the men came in contact with a 24,000-volt conductor. The other man either attempted to help him or was near enough to also conduct voltage, according to the fire department.

A power department employee quoted by the Detroit News says the substation consists of such conductor and transmission cables and wires that are directly connected to a power generating plant.

Detroit’s police department has assumed control of the investigation, according to the Detroit News.

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Plastic2Oil signs 20-year agreement with Veridisyn Technologies

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:33
Plastic2Oil Inc. (P20), Niagara Falls, New York, has announced that it signed a 20-year master agreement Dec. 21, 2017, with Veridisyn Technologies LLC, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based company engaged in development of alternative energy projects, under which Veridisyn has agreed to license P2O’s technology and purchase P2O processors.

This new strategic partnership combines Veridisyn’s extensive experience in processing scrap plastics with P2O’s proprietary technology for deriving ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel that requires no further refining, directly from unwashed, unsorted scrap plastics.

As more particularly set forth in P2O’s Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee Dec. 22, 2017, P20 says expected minimum gross proceeds to the company will be $4 million from the initial sale of two P2O processors to Veridisyn. If successful, P2O says the partnership could result in the sale and deployment of 30-40 processors at Veridisyn sites, for $90 million to $120 million in future revenues (based on a $3 million price per processor), the company says.

In addition, once the processors have been fully deployed, P2O says it will receive a royalty of 5 percent of gross fuel sales by Veridisyn, and no less than $0.50 per pound for use of its proprietary catalyst. P2O will also provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance services at agreed upon costs and rates.

Rick Heddle, P20 CEO says, “By turning waste plastic into fuel without any hazardous waste, this joint industry solution will help accelerate plastic recycling in cities, towns and industrial plants, and be a major step forward in meeting a significant environmental challenge.”

“I am very excited about moving forward with Plastic2Oil in implementing its breakthrough technology to leverage the substantial global market opportunity for plastic to fuel solutions,” says Veridisyn Managing Director Robin Curtis.

P20 is a North American fuel company that transforms unsorted, unwashed scrap plastic into ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel without the need for refinement. The company says its patent pending product with the same name, P20, is a proprietary, commercially viable, and scalable process designed to provide immediate economic benefit for industry, communities and government organizations faced with scrap plastic recycling challenges.

“With its revolutionary P2O technology, P2O has pioneered a process that has the ability to change the way the world handles waste plastic and plastic recycling. P2O is committed to environmental sustainability by diverting plastic waste from landfill and potential incineration,” the company says in a press release announcing the partnership.

The release also notes that P20 says it is focused on reducing the cost of plastic recycling programs for municipalities and businesses in the U.S.

 

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Liberty Tire Recycling completes refinancing, concludes exchange offer

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 15:59
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling Holdco LLC and its subsidiaries have completed the refinancing of its existing term loan and exchange offer relating to its 11 percent second lien secured notes due 2021.

The transactions substantially deleverage the company’s balance sheet, reduce interest expense, extend the maturity of its term loan and notes, and better position Liberty Tire to capitalize on growth opportunities, according to the company.

As part of the transactions, Carlyle Strategic Partners IV L.P., an investment fund managed by The Carlyle Group, became Liberty Tire’s majority equity sponsor and is partnering with Liberty to provide additional strategic resources to support its continued success.

Liberty says the transactions were completed after a successful privately negotiated exchange offer, with holders of 99 percent of the company’s second lien secured notes and more than 85 percent of the company’s common equity participating in the exchange.

“With the transactions complete, Liberty can further execute on its strategic growth plan while continuing to provide industry-leading service to our valued customers,” says Thomas Womble, CEO of Liberty Tire.  “In 2018, we have our sights set on growth and continuing to be the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America.”

 

Ron Carlson, chief financial officer, adds, “These completed transactions not only strengthen Liberty’s balance sheet, they also provide flexibility to capitalize on new market opportunities with a focus on growing the business.”

Liberty Tire Recycling offers tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 146 million tires annually, Liberty Tire reclaims about 1.7 billion pounds of rubber for products. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty Tire is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. The company maintains a North American network of processing plants, and comprehensive door-to-door collection services.

 

 

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California residents miffed at city’s concrete recycling operation

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:07
Pasadena, California residents are fed up with the city’s ongoing concrete recycling operation taking place in the stub of the 210 Freeway, according to a report from KABC.

“For two-and-a-half years, we’ve dealt with noise at all hours, construction materials and dust being kicked up into the air. There seems to be no end in sight,” Geoffrey Baum, president, West Pasadena Residents’ Association tells KABC.  

The recycling operation involves converting broken concrete from the highway construction project into smaller pieces that will be used to pave nine miles of new highway surfaces. However, the process has resulted in complaints about air quality due to the dust and noise. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been cited by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for violations.

According to the report, the city said it has been "working with Caltrans during the past year, and we have been able to share our concerns regarding the operations and the impact on our residents."

Caltrans has installed a noise barrier around the site and has used water trucks to subdue dust from the concrete piles to prevent problems in the future.

The batch plant is slated to be operation until this summer. 

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CSG resolution acknowledges importance of science-based evidence in evaluating recycled rubber infill

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:00

The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced its support of the Council of State Governments’ (CSG’s) unanimous approval of a resolution noting that scientific evidence should be paramount when assessing recycled rubber play surfaces. The resolution was presented to the CSG Energy & Environment Committee by Minnesota State Sen. Jeremy Miller in the context of recent debate surrounding the use of recycled rubber, especially given unsubstantiated reports regarding health concerns, ISRI notes.

The resolution, “Resolution on Utilizing Science-Based Evidence Related to the issue of Installation of Artificial Turf Athletic Fields Made of Recycled Rubber Infill,” calls for science to take precedence over conjecture in assessing recycled rubber and for the timely completion of the federal multiagency study that is currently underway.

“ISRI strongly supports and applauds the passage of this resolution, which will undoubtedly raise awareness among state legislators around the unsubstantiated nature of current claims made in the debate over recycled rubber,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “There are currently more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating there is no increased health risk to athletes playing on artificial turf containing recycled rubber, without credible evidence to the contrary, and it is critical that this reality be made widely known to policymakers.”

Miller says, “As a parent and a legislator, creating a safe environment for our children to play in is a top priority. Recycling tires cleans up and preserves the environment for current and future generations. As we encourage children to take part in healthy activities and exercise more, the material from these recycled tires is a source for safe, accessible turf. Credible science has demonstrated this time and time again. It is imperative that fellow state and local lawmakers carefully review the facts when making any key decisions regarding our children and jumping to conclusions not supported by science.”

The CSG committee’s approval of the resolution followed a brief discussion on the issue and was endorsed by the CSG Executive Committee, ISRI reports. 

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Taking out the Trash? That’s Still a Man’s Job, Even for the Liberal Coastal Elite

Recycling news from New York Times - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:16
Trash duty might be the last bastion of accepted 1950s behavior among big-city liberals. “Women deal with the rest of the garbage,” one theorized.

As You Sow files resolution with McDonald’s for polystyrene use

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:00
As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group that promotes social and corporate environmental responsibility headquartered in Oakland, California, has refiled a resolution with McDonald’s Corp., Oak Brook, Illinois, for 2018 urging the company to assess the environmental impact of its polystyrene use in beverage cups and food trays. The same proposal was voted on by shareholders earlier this year and received the support of nearly one-third of shares voted.

Polystyrene has been widely used for single-use containers across the world but in recent years, its negative environmental and health profile have led major companies to drop it. McDonald’s phased out its use for hot beverage cups in the U.S. in 2013, but still uses it in overseas markets.

Rarely recycled, polystyrene is found on ocean beach cleanups frequently, As You Sow says. The material breaks down into indigestible pellets, which marine wildlife often mistake for food. According to As You Sow, its hazardous constituent chemicals have been shown to accumulate water borne toxins in a short time frame, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is a possible human carcinogen.

Nine countries and more than 100 U.S. cities or counties have banned or restricted foam packaging. Leaders of 15 major companies, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo., Procter & Gamble and Unilever, have all recommended phasing out polystyrene for packaging applications.

“McDonald’s cannot afford to fall behind other companies in phasing out polystyrene,” Conrad MacKerron, vice president at As You Sow, says. “The McDonald’s brand is put at risk with branded cups found on beaches and waterways, where the environmental hazard they present is plain to see.”

Actiam, a responsible fund and asset manager headquartered in The Netherlands, cofiled the proposal. “We appreciate the steps that McDonald’s has taken to decrease use of polystyrene foam,” Maxime Molenaar, responsible investment officer for Actiam, says.  “However, we are concerned about the continuing use of the material in some markets and the absence of a policy commitment to complete phase out of polystyrene foam in packaging.”

JLens, a network of Jewish faith-based investors based in New York City and San Francisco, also cofiled the proposal. If the proposal appears on the company’s proxy, it would be voted on in May 2018.

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J&J Truck Equipment announces forthcoming retirement of sales manager

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 05:00

Weir Somerset, Pennsylvania-based J&J Truck Equipment, a division of Somerset Welding & Steel, has announced that Jim Weir will retire Feb. 2, 2018.

Weir joined the company 34 years ago and held a variety of positions within the organization prior to serving as its sales manager. Before joining J&J, he worked at Solar Fuel and taught welding classes in the evening. He also served in the United States Army.

“I have enjoyed the work, the people and the challenges during my tenure at J&J, but I am excited about beginning the next chapter in my life,” Weir says. “I wish the company and its employees continued success.”

Weir also was an active member of several distributor councils, where he shared his experience and expertise in the truck equipment industry.

Since announcing his retirement, Weir has guided the sales team to ensure a smooth transition upon his departure, J&J says.

“Jim’s accomplishments and commitment to our company helped to increase our profitability, expand our product lines and allowed us to develop strong relationships with our customers and vendors. He will be missed,” says Bill Riggs, president of Somerset Welding & Steel.

A farewell event is planned for the evening of Feb. 2 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

J&J Truck Equipment supplies field-service crane bodies, air and hydraulic-operated lubrication service units, hydraulic systems, mechanic bodies, flatbeds and snow removal equipment. In addition, its service and repair department provides custom welding and fabrication, dump and trailer body repair and painting and a wide variety of other services.

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Case G Series wheel loaders win 2017 Good Design Award

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:40
Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wisconsin, has received the Good Design Award for its G-Series wheel loaders, which were launched in 2016. The G-Series was one of the product designs selected by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies out of the thousands of submissions sent by the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial design firms. The Case G Series wheel loader design is now part of the museum’s permanent design collection.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the award program.

Carl Gustaf Göransson, brand president for CNH Industrial’s construction equipment business, says: “We have been judged against the very best in the world, and the G Series has emerged as a winner: This prestigious accolade crowns Case wheel loaders’ long history of excellence as we prepare to celebrate this product line’s 60th Anniversary in 2018.”

Case says it credits the experience and resources of CNH Industrial’s Design Centre to achieve many of the advances that made the award possible.

The cab of the G Series wheel loaders features a revamped operator environment, controls and interface that make it the brand’s most intuitive and easy-to-operate loader line ever, Case says.

The visibility from the cab was of particular interest to judges, Case says. The one-piece windshield provides an unobstructed panoramic view to the front of the machine, while multiple rear-view convex mirrors, rear-view cameras, a slim engine hood and rear grid defroster offer visibility to the rear.

The cab interior has been designed to maximize space for the operator, Case says. The ergonomically designed joystick steering system provides a symmetrical operating station to control loader functions and machine steering, reducing fatigue.

Operator comfort and reduced noise and vibration are made possible by a suspended cab featuring an air ride active suspension premium seat and the positioning of the engine at the rear of the machine, the manufacturer says. 

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China issues new guidelines for export permits

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:58
According to a “Member Alert” dated Dec. 27, 2017, from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Washington, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has issued new guidelines for exporters and suppliers applying for export permits to ship scrap into China. “Although not too different from current rules, there are some points you need to know,” ISRI states in the alert.

While ISRI says many of the qualifications remain the same, including ISO 9001 or RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) certifications, applicants also must achieve China’s environmental control standards (i.e., contaminants thresholds) and have radiation detection equipment at their facilities. 

ISRI also says China will continue to inspect material before and after it is shipped and that the China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) will no longer be the only approved preshipment inspection company.

ISRI writes, “AQISQ lays out a process for third-party inspection companies to apply for a license from AQSIQ to conduct preshipment inspections but is clear that no processors may conduct inspections. These companies will also share the liability in the event material that was approved before shipment is rejected on arrival at a Chinese port.”

ISRI notes that “there is no specified time that a license will be issued, so we assume that the same guidelines should be adhered to apply not more than 180 days but not less than 90 days before a current license will expire.” 

The guidelines take effect Feb. 1, 2018.

ISRI reminds its members “only companies ‘in the business of processing and utilization’ in China will be eligible for a scrap import permit,” and advises them to “be sure you know your customer.”

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Gershow Recycling donates wrecked vehicle

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:19
From left: Angie Carpenter, supervisor, Islip, New York, poses with Kevin Gershowitz, president,
Gershow Recycling, near the Islip anti-drunk and distracted driving display outside the town hall. 

Scrap metal recycling firm Gershow Recycling, headquartered in Medford, New York, has donated a wrecked car to the town of Islip, New York, in support of its anti-drunk and distracted driving campaign. The vehicle is on display outside the town hall.

Presented by Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the entire Islip Town Board, the campaign reminds residents of the dangers of drunk or distracted driving during the holidays.

Gershow Recycling has a history of donating scrapped vehicles to local fire departments to assist in training drills and for use in the Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament. 

Gershow Recycling has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead, New York.

 

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VDRS announces 2017 baler sales

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 07:46
Van Dyk Recycling Solutions (VDRS), Stamford, Connecticut, says it’s had a busy 2017, having sold 24 single-ram, no-shear Bollegraaf balers to the following customers:

VDRS says Bollegraaf balers are selected by high-volume material recovery facilities (MRFs) that process more than 2,000 tons per month.

More information on the HBC series is available at 203-967-1100 or info@vdrs.com

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AFBG advances plans for new Tampa recycling facility

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:10
Tampa, Florida-based American Fiber Green Products, Inc. (AFBG) announced December 26 that the company expects to begin building a recycling facility in Tampa in the first quarter of 2018.

“The company has been actively pursuing financing and sourcing of equipment to build a fiberglass recycling plant in Tampa, Florida. In that regard, the company has entered phase II of engineering design,” AFBG chairman Ken McCleave says. “We have sourced the manufacturer to produce the housing for the conditioner that is a proprietary component of the Amour process.”

The Tampa-based company notes that the facility will serve dual purposes.

The Tampa plant will be used for research and development and for demonstration purposes of the production of recycled fiberglass products. Actual demonstration of the process and its results seems to be the catalyst needed to encourage investment and give inspiration to the shareholder base, the company says.

“Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria this year have added thousands to the derelict boat population left behind from Hurricane Katrina,” McCleave says. “Over 10,000 sunken boats have been identified by the Coast Guard just around the coast of Florida and in its rivers and tributaries. Many of these are navigational hazards. A Florida facility can provide an end game for these boats that will keep them out of the landfill and generate revenue for AFBG.”

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Louisiana town says no to scrap facility expansion

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:48
The city council of North Lake Charles, Louisiana, has voted four-to-two against a proposed expansion plan for a scrap processing facility in the city.

According to an online article from KPLC TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana, opposition to the plan by Louisiana Scrap Metal came from residents who live near the plant.

One resident complained of flat tires caused by pieces of scrap spilling from trucks and referred to the facility as “a hindrance to the community.”

The vote against the scrap firm’s expansion and relocation plan took place despite KPLC’s contention that North Lake Charles is “looking for economic growth.”

An attorney who appeared before city council to advocate for the expansion plan was quoted by the TV station as saying, “All they really want to do is move their building and relocate it. They are a lot of square footage, but they aren't changing what they are doing.”

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Sennebogen adds to dealer network

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:00
Sennebogen, Stanley, North Carolina, has announced that Komatsu Northeast, South Plainfield, New Jersey, has joined its dealer network.

Komatsu America announced in December 2016 that it had purchased the business operations of the former Binder Machinery, and relaunched it as Komatsu Northeast. Ed Powers, an executive in the Komatsu organization, has been named as executive vice president of Komatsu Northeast. Bill Kretschmer continues as general manager, sales administration and marketing.

 “The new Komatsu Northeast group has an excellent team serving our New Jersey customers,” Constantino Lannes, president of Sennebogen, says. “Now, with the resources of Komatsu America behind them, they have invested in its facilities and can now give the staff the support they need to stock a full parts inventory, update their training and build a fleet of in-stock material handlers.”

“Along with the machine training we have taken on, we are also adopting a new culture,” Kretschmer says. “Ed Powers brings us a tremendous focus on the customer and on safety at the top tier level.

The team building extends well beyond our own organization. Our cooperative arrangements with other dealers nearby lets us offer customers seamless access to the resources of multiple branches in neighboring states. We now have trucks running a daily circuit to support and balance parts inventories. We have the foundation to collaborate on bids for customers operating multiple sites in different states.”

 “We are fully staffed already with 95 employees employed in our two branches,” he says. “With the experience of this group we have a strong team to build on Sennebogen’s great customer relationships.” 

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World crude steel production declines month over month in November

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 06:07
More than 136 million metric tons of crude steel production were produced in November 2017 by the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, which was 3.7 percent more steel than was produced in November 2016.

China’s crude steel production continued to eclipse that of the other reporting countries. In November 2017 the country produced 66.2 million metric tons, an increase of 2.2 percent compared with November 2016.

Crude steel production in Japan also increased, though more modestly, in November 2017. At 8.7 million metric tons, the country produced 1 percent more crude steel than it did in November 2016.

The U.S. produced 6.7 million metric tons of crude steel in November 2017, an increase of 8.5 percent compared with November 2016.

Production in the European Union varied, with Spain seeing an 18 percent increase in November 2017 compared with the previous year. The country produced 1.3 million metric tons. Italy produced more crude steel at 2.2 million metric tons, which was a 3.3 percent increase relative to November 2016. France, however, saw production decline by 8.7 percent in November 2017 compared with the previous year. The country produced 1.2 million metric tons of crude steel in November 2017.

Turkey’s crude steel production for November 2017 was 3.1 million metric tons, which was 7 percent greater than in November 2016.

In Latin America, Brazil produced 3 million metric tons of steel in November, a 15.3 percent increase compared with November 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 66 countries in November 2017 was 70.7 percent. This is 1.5 percentage points higher than November 2016. However, compared with October 2017, it is 2.2 percentage points lower.

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ISRI praises resumption of US Mint’s coin recycling program

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:05
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has applauded the decision by the U.S. Mint to resume the mutilated coin redemption program after a nearly three-year suspension. The program is worth millions of dollars to the recycling industry, which recovers coins left in end-of-life products turned over for scrap processing, ISRI says in a release announcing its support for the program.

Robin Wiener, president of ISRI, says the U.S. Mint worked closely with the recycling industry to better understand the sorting and separating technologies used in scrap facilities, among other industry topics.

“The resumption of the U.S. Mint’s mutilated coin redemption program is a significant victory for the many recyclers that rely on the recovery of coins as part of their business,” says Wiener. “ISRI is extremely grateful to the Mint, which worked closely with the industry to better understand the sorting and separating technologies used in scrap facilities, global trade flows, and other critical issues that will allow it to effectively implement this program.”

Recycling facilities across the United States have been recovering coins from scrap for decades. The coins come from loose change left in cars or that has fallen between the seats, money left in vending machines and coin-operated laundry machines, and other sources, ISRI explains. During shredding or other forms of processing the coins fall free or are purposefully recovered. As recycling technology has advanced the ability to accumulate coins in significant quantities has grown quickly, and is an integral part of many recycling companies’ operations and product lines.

“The recycling industry is committed to working closely with the Mint on the success of this program,” continues Wiener. “We share the common goal of the recovery and recycling of coins while protecting the integrity of the program.”

Along with the resumption of the program, ISRI says the U.S. Mint also announced a number of revisions, including the establishment of procedures for certifying participants based on submission amounts and frequency, sampling submissions to authenticate material, conducting site visits for certain participants, and requiring information about how the submissions came to be bent or partial.

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Umicore buys Materia’s catalyst business

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:13
Materia Inc., a Pasadena, California-based supplier of catalysts and polymers, has entered into an agreement to sell its catalyst business for $27 million to Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling company headquartered in Brussels.

Umicore has a strong presence in precious metal catalysts. The company says through this acquisition, it will broaden its range of catalyst technologies, expand its homogeneous catalysts offer and gain access to an extended customer base.

“The combined metathesis portfolios will provide Umicore’s customers full access to proprietary, patent protected cutting-edge technology. The activity will be integrated in Umicore’s Precious Metals Chemistry business unit,” according to a press release announcing the purchase.

“This acquisition is highly complementary with Umicore’s nonautomotive catalyst business, which is focused on high-end pharma and fine chemical applications,” says Pascal Reymondet, executive vice president catalysis. “It enables us to support our customers with a broader product, service and IP portfolio and it will contribute to establishing Umicore as one of the recognized leaders in homogeneous catalysts.”

Materia says it will focus solely on its growing Proxima resins business, which leverages Grubbs Catalyst technology to produce what the company says are “high performance thermoset resins that are formulated to meet customer needs in demanding applications.”

“This is an ideal complement to Umicore’s portfolio and enables Materia to concentrate on the growth of its resins business,” says Materia CEO Nitin Apte. “Materia has a proud history of leading innovation, and the Grubbs Catalyst technology has transformed the landscape of synthetic chemistry. Our Proxima resins business is growing in market applications ranging from oil and gas exploration and production, electronics packaging, advanced composites and a variety of industrial applications that require a balance of performance and cost.” 

Materia will have a long-term mutually exclusive supply agreement for catalysts for use in resins applications.

Umicore will acquire Materia’s exclusive metathesis catalyst intellectual property portfolio and will serve customers purchasing these catalysts.

The transaction is expected to be completed in January 2018.

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